Lagos sets up temporary markets, issues guidelines on restrictions
The Lagos State government has disclosed that the state will open additional 50 to 60 emergency markets in school premises that will be allocated to Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, to erect stands to sell their essential goods for people who cannot go to shopping malls to buy their daily needs.
According to the state government, Lagos will not be on a complete lockdown but a slow down, noting that the Intention of the government was to take non-essentials commodities out of the streets.
Specifically, the Governor of the State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaking at a virtual meeting with the Nigeria Employers Consultative Assembly (NECA) on COVID 19 yesterday, said all the food markets and chain stores within the state like Spar, Game, and Shoprite would remain open daily.
He noted that the Government would ensure that the supplies of FMCGs, which are essential goods, classified as daily need products, like foods and drugs, beverages, health and hygiene products, medicaments amongst others would keep flowing.
He said: “Trucks carrying inbound supplies or outbound products of FMCG companies will be allowed to operate to ensure supplies continuity of essential products. These trucks must have a means of identification to enable law enforcement agents to identify them easily.
“Government will reach out to the airports and seaports operators like Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO), APM Terminals, and Maersk among others, to get them to prioritise FMCG materials clearing over others during this period.
“There will be increased military presence which is the army, police, navy, air force and other paramilitary organisations on the roads to ensure compliance. The police and military will be well briefed to be cautious with citizens to avoid untoward incidents while transport for intra-city commuting would be allowed to operate, especially Lagos state transport buses.”
Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu urged the masses not to panic buy and said that employees of the FMCG companies must carry their means of identifications to and from work to ensure easy identification and smooth passage.
He noted that intercity and interstate supplies are now a challenge outside Lagos as most state governments have imposed no entry into their state especially from Lagos.